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Hidden Menus
Problems and shortcomings
Small Tricks
Authorization codes
Getting Technical

Hidden Menus

"Options" 6778:

  • This is the most important menu to use when tuning a direct frequency.  You can enter an IF frequency, change polarity, switch between C/Ku band and move the dish.  This menu is very helpful when you know the frequency you are looking for.
  • You can also turn on a high quality audio and video test signal.  You can use the receiver as a test signal generator with tone.  Nice for checking the quality of your VCR or even TV set.
  • It also has some other test features and software settings.

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"Options" 60:

  • This is a screen for DC2 and receiver diagnostic and settings.

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Problems and shortcomings

If you have Version 43 or 61.   These are the known bugs.
To find out what version you have. Press "Options" + "6" + "5"

  • No baseband or VCR video outputs on the back
  • Some channels with high deviation (video level) and PAL/SECAM video will be outputted unclamped and unwatchable
  • No video polarity switching


  • No audio level control


  • All digital channels are mapped by NL, not downloaded live from each satellite
  • For digital reception, you have to use NL satellite designator
  • Receiver needs to be turned off for the auto IPG update to work
  • Messy menu's
  • Cannot save any receiver frequency on any channel, only an offset
  • Direct tuning menu is hidden
  • No digital SCPC (single channel per carrier) mode
  • Not Digicipher 1 compatible
  • Timer bug, receiver goes into timer mode at random times

To correct the problems above Download Version 6D

What Are the New Software Changes in Version 6D?

We’ve incorporated many of the features and changes many of our dealers and consumers have requested. Including:

  1. Support for IRD Volume Control has been added. To use this feature, program your remote with a 3-digit address that begins with 1 (i.e., 100, 101, 102, or 103). To disable this feature, program your remote with a 3-digit address that begins with 0 (i.e., 000, 001, 002, or 003). The remote control address in the 4DTV receiver must match the last digit of the address programmed into the remote.
  2. Two new diagnostic screens have been added: F and G. Diagnostic Screen F contains IPG information. Diagnostic Screen G contains virtual channel and satellite table information. Both of these screens can be accessed in the same fashion as the other diagnostic screens. In addition, several new "pages" were added to Diagnostic Screen D. Detailed information about all the diagnostic screens will be made available on the Orbit's web site.
  3. Previous skew settings are now used as the defaults when installing a new satellite. In other words, the skew settings set for the last satellite installed will be used as the preset values for the next satellite you install.
  4. Save Actuator Adjustments for all satellites — If your dish is off by several actuator ticks, you now have the option to adjust ALL the satellite settings by adjusting just one satellite. In the "Adjust Satellite" menu screen when you go to save the settings for one satellite you will be given the option to "Adjust All Satellite Positions".
  5. Placing the IRD in "TV" mode (vs. "SAT") no longer disables IRD operation. The only difference between SAT mode and TV mode is that the remodulated RF output of the 4Dtv operates in pass-through mode when the receiver is placed in TV mode.
  6. The IRD standby/on state is now preserved across AC power cycles. So if the 4Dtv is "on" when AC power is lost, it will reboot "on". The same applies to the "standby" state.
  7. The Detailed Info banner is now full screen when invoked from the IPG.
  8. The "Please wait..." banner has been replaced with more meaningful text for the more common unauthorized states.
  9. Diagnostic Shortcut Key — If you press the HELP button while on any diagnostic screen, an asterisk will appear next to the title of that screen. Then you can press HELP any time from any other screen to get back to that diagnostic screen immediately. Pressing HELP again while on that screen will restore the HELP key to normal operation. (You can then press GO BACK to return the previous diagnostic screen and then navigate to another diagnostic screen to define the shortcut key to take you there.)
  10. The IPG now calculates times correctly and shows programs as starting from the hour such as starting at 6:00 rather than 5:59. This also allows the timer icon to show correctly in the guide.
  11. There are also dozens of behind the scenes fixes and enhancements to make the 4DTV receiver more robust and easier to use than ever. Some of these include improved storage of audio subcarriers, more consistent IPG data reception, the "Next" feature on analog channels is fixed, and many other behind the scene improvements.

Fixes in the previouse Version 61:

Fixes will be listed as they are taken care of.  Many of the problems above can be fixed in software updates.  Current fixes in software version 61:

  • Audio settings are now stored for every channel, but might have a bug.
  • Volume Control is now avalaible
  • Video unmuting is instantaneous when changing to an active NTSC channel.
  • Odd/even channel skip option is available.
  • Receiver modem PPV support.
  • Clock is now showing the correct time, all the time.

Small tricks

  • When listening to an audio sub carrier on a VCII+ channel, the receiver is constantly muting the audio and video.  To keep the receiver unmuted, hit the INFO button twice.  Enjoy!
  • The receiver does not have a video polarity switch, needed for WMNB on SBS-5, but this is how you can watch it;  Tune to Galaxy 9 channel 1 (which is collocated with SBS-5).  Then hit the Options button, then 6778 and then 1.  In the frequency field enter 1130.000 MHz and check mark the Ku block.  Move cursor to TUNE and hit Enter.  You should get the picture (the video is unclamped).  You might have to peak the dish.  Next, change the audio, which is 5.40 MHz.  Enjoy!
  • When in the "satellite add" screen, you can turn the on-screen graphics on and off by hitting "9" and "0" on the remote.  This makes it easier to find a weak signal when moving the dish.  Enjoy!
  • When the Source is switched to cable input, for some strange reason you loose all control of the receiver.  If you want the receiver to pass the input cable to the RF output and still have control of the receiver, hit the "Next" button.  This will give you full control, while the Source is still the cable input. (S.Payne)

Authorization codes

  • ZK    Zero Key, channel is open for everybody.
  • FP    Fixed Processed or fixed key, channel is open, BUT might need authorization or subscription to be viewable.
  • MP    Multiple Processed or scrambled, channel is scrambled and need a key and authorization/subscription.
  • U    Universal Access, often used in preview mode.
  • MI    Missing Information, channel cannot be viewed because of missing information.
  • NS    Not Subscribed, channel is not available until you subscribe.
  • S    Subscribed, channel is available.

Getting Technical

If you want some technical data on a digital channel, here is what and how you can find it.

Frequency: Options 605, use ">" key until you get Screen C.  
Line 4, look for  This is the IF frequency.   
To find the Ku-band RF frequency, take the IF frequency and add 10750 MHz.  For C-band, subtract the IF frequency from 5150 MHz.
Polarity: Options 65.  
Line J, Horizontal or Vertical.
Band: Options 65.  
Line J, C or Ku.
Bit Rate: Options 605, use ">" key until you get Screen C.  
Line 2, look for xx.xx (19.xx or 29.xx)
FEC: Options 605, use ">" key until you get Screen C.  
Line 1, look for x/x (3/4, 7/8..)
Virtual Channel: Options 65.  
Top right corner, satellite name and channel number.
Authorization: Options 65.  
Line C.
Signal Level: Options 5.  
Signal Level.
Quality Level: Options 5.  
Quality Level.  Range from 0 to 100.